WDET Broadcasts Live On Opening Day

What are your favorite baseball memories? Here are some of Detroit’s sports reporters’ favorites!

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Friday is the home opener for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox. Many of the crowd favorites are returning – Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, Victor Martinez, and of course Miguel Cabrera.

But can the Tigers, led by Brad Ausmus, make another serious run for a championship?

Tom Gage, longtime Detroit Tigers beat reporter for the Detroit News and author of a new book “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Detroit Tigers,Bill Shea, sports business reporter for Crains Detroit Business, and many others all join Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today to talk about opening day.

“It was really fun to do,” Gage says about writing his book. “I go back to 1979 covering the Tigers. I can write half the history myself, but I was able to go back into the archives and find out stuff I didn’t know before.”

This fall, the Pistons and Red Wings will relocate to the new Little Caesers Arena that is being built across the street from Comerica Park. This means that the Palace of Auburn Hills and the legendary Joe Louis Arena will close.

“As a business, it’s good for (the Red Wings),” Shea says, “to get into a bigger, modern facility. (It’s good) for the Piston too.”

He also shares his childhood memories of going to baseball games. 

Nolan Finley of the Detroit News also shares his memories of attending games at the old Tiger Stadium.

“One of my favorite days was bat day,” Finley says. “It was the only time you got a bat. We’d play baseball year round with those bat day bats.”

Carlos Monarrez, sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press discusses trying out new stadium food debuting this season both at Comerica Park and at ballparks around the country. Monarrez is particularly fond of the Little Caesars deep dish coney dog pizza.

“They have a vast array of crazy things,” he says.


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